Isabelle Backouche is a lecturer and Director of Studies of the Urban History Chair at EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences).
Isabelle Backouche's work explores social change and the physical transformation of the city, and is based on field analysis, as well as the study of urban transformation at different levels. She has been a member of the Comité d’Histoire de la Ville de Paris since 2007, and is also a member of the Commission nationale des monuments historiques. In 2016, she published Paris transformé. Le Marais 1900-1980: de l’îlot insalubre au secteur sauvegardé.